UNION, NJ – While loading his car after a trip to the Home Depot on Springfield Avenue, a man was threatened by another man holding a broken bottle.
Police say that about 6:48 Sunday night they received a call reporting the threatening behavior. The man, later identified as Marcus Perkins of Lindewold, NJ, attempted to take the keys and car from the Home Depot patron. The victim pulled away in his car and Perkins fled on foot up Springfield Avenue towards Maplewood. A Union police officer working security in the Target/Whole Foods shopping center parking lot alerted police that he observed someone matching the suspect’s description in the lot.
According to police, when the officer attempted to stop Perkins, he turned and tried to stab him with the broken bottle, striking the officer in the vest. A foot pursuit ensued and the suspect managed to get into the original victim’s running, unoccupied vehicle. Police say the victim followed the suspect from the Home Depot lot while on the telephone with police headquarters. Perkins tried to flee in the vehicle but was wrestled out of the car, onto the ground, and handcuffed. While resisting, police say, he also attempted to disarm a second officer by trying to take his firearm from the holster.
Two police officers were injured, taken to the hospital for treatment and released.
Perkins is charged with two counts of carjacking, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.